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SOBER, AARON
SOBER, AARON
NEBRASKA
Like a pair of work boots, my pots are made to be durable and masculine, but also not with out grace. As I strive to infuse functional forms with these qualities, I am interested in embellishing the surface with brushwork. The marriage of form and surface continues to fascinate me and motivate my work. As time passes, I am finding that the pots coming out of the kiln are getting simpler and less adorned. It is my hope that my pots become useful and intimate parts of peoples’ lives.

Like all crafters, the process of making things is one that continues to satisfy, humble, and challenge. The relationship to a material undeniably shows through in every piece. As I go through a production cycle, I attempt to handle the clay in a direct, confident, and un-fussed manner. In doing so, my work has a strong and uncomplicated presence.

Aaron Sober is a ceramic artist recently relocated to Mid-Coast Maine. Combining functional pottery and traditional brushwork, his work is intended for use. He exhibits at a number of national craft fairs and galleries.

EDUCATION
2014
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, MFA Candidate
2006
Penland School of Crafts: Core Fellow. Penland, NC
2001
Macalester College: Bachelor of Arts Degree, (Magna Cum Laude) Studio Arts Major (Ceramics), Geology Minor

EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2011
Akar Yunomi Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Pairings, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
Salad Days Exhibition: Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
30x5 Invitational, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2010
‘Tis a Gift Holiday Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Animal Dreams: Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN
Salad Days Exhibition: Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
Our Cup Runeth Over, Society of arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
2009
Tis a Gift Holiday Exhibition: Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Small Bowls - Ceramics at Susan Maasch Fine Art: Portland, ME
2 Plus 2 Potter’s Invitational: Seasons On St. Croix, Hudson, WI
American Craft Council Retail Market: St. Paul, MN
Fogelberg and Red Wing Artist Exhibitions: Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
American Craft Council Wholesale and Retail Market: Baltimore, MD
2008
American Craft Council: St. Paul, MN
Uptown Art Fair: Minneapolis, MN
American Craft Exposition: Evanston, IL
Morning Glory Art Fair: Milwaukee, WI
2006
Crafts at Lincoln Center: art fair (juried), New York, NY
Art Fair on the Square: art fair (juried), Honorable Mention, Madison, WI
Lancaster Museum of Art: Strictly Functional (juried), Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Museum of Art: Crafts National (juried), Lancaster, PA
Skutt Ceramic Products: Mad Hatters Tea (juried exhibition in conjunction with NCECA 2006), Portland, OR

TEACHING AND WORKSHOPS
2011
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine Craft Association Workshop, Deer Isle, ME
Maine College of Art, Visiting Artist, Portland, ME
2009-2011
Portland Pottery: Instructor, Portland, ME
2007-2008
Northern Clay Center: Instructor, Minneapolis, MN

HONORS AND AWARDS
2008
American Craft Exposition, Emerging Artist Award, Evanston, IL
Northern Clay Center: Fogelberg Fellow, Minneapolis, MN
Red Wing Collectors Society: Foundation Award, Red Wing, MN

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2006-present
- Aaron Sober Ceramics: Owner, Lincoln, NE. Exhibits handmade ceramics nationally at retail and wholesale market
2008
- Bloomington Art Center: Studio Manager, Bloomington, MN. Responsible for upkeep of facilities, equipment, and materials in art studios. Acted as facilitator between students, faculty, and administration. Directed programming and curriculum for adult and student classes
- Public Art St. Paul: Program Associate, St. Paul, MN. Exhibtions Programming Director. Duties included installation, promotion, transportation, and documentation of exhibits. Educational Programming Director. Tasks included teacher staffing, program development, and community outreach. Sculpture Stewardship Program Director. Duties included volunteer management, sculpture cleaning and restoration, and general maintenance and care of public sculpture. Managed a database of 5,000 current and past donors. Responsible for daily office operations
2007
Cloth and Clay: Production Potter, St. Paul, MN
2002-2004
P. Wakefield & Company: Production Potter, Rockdale, WI

ONGOING REPRESENTATION AT THE FOLLOWING GALLERIES
Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
The Grand Hand, St. Paul, MN
Fire Opal, Jamaica Plain, MA
Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, San Antonio, TX
Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, MT
Artisans Gallery, Lahaska, PA
Left Bank Gallery, WellFleet, MA
Margos Pottery, Buffalo, WY
Heartwood Gallery, Saluda, NC
Klay Gallery, Nyack, NY
Mas y Mas, Tubac, AZ
Greenleaf Gallery, Duck, NC